Heavy with history, this petite country packs a captivating punch.
Stretching from its biblical past to its most recent conflicts, there is a rich seam of heritage here: this is the land of Noah’s Ark, after all. Crammed with natural beauty and with more ancient churches and monasteries than seems feasible, Armenia wears its historical significance with pride. Adventurous travellers looking for scenic bike rides and hikes will love the plentiful mountains, gorges and valleys, and when it’s time to take things at a more leisurely pace, a lively cafe culture provides ample opportunity for languid days spent milling around markets soaking up the unique Armenian culture.
Top three things to do in Armenia
There are many wonderful experiences to be had in this fairytale country. For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in Armenia.
Step into the past
Vagharshapat (once the capital of Armenia) is the home of Echmiatsin, considered to be one of the oldest cathedrals in the world. This stunning piece of architecture is believed to have been completed in the early 4th century and merits a UNESCO World Heritage listing. There are also many monasteries scattered throughout the country, most of them built at sites with a connection to St Gregory who certainly know how to pick some breathtaking locations...
Karahunj - also known as Zorats Karer - can be found close to the city of Sisian, and consists of more than 220 standing stones that predate the pyramids. The name Karahunj translates as "Speaking Stones" due to the whistling sound made by the ancient stones on a windy day, presumably due to the many reach through holes bored into them at different angles. The barren landscape high on a mountain plateau only adds to the eerie beauty of the spot.
At almost 2 kilometres above sea level and covering a full sixth of Armenia's surface area, Lake Sevan is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. And what’s more, it also happens to be breathtakingly beautiful. Soak up some rays on the beach and, come lunchtime, take a wander to one of the fish restaurants that line the shore. There are plenty of waterside activities too with churches to explore as well as a ruined fortress dating back to the 8th Century BC.
Tailor-made holiday ideas for Armenia
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